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Help a Mom: She needs affordable, part-time child care

Posted December 6, 2011

A mom posted this question on our Facebook page and I told her that I'd post it here too. She needs part-time child care so she can work a part-time job. The problem is, her workday ends after most day care centers close.

Here's her question:

I am a stay at home mom trying to go back to work part time. How do I find child care for my eight-month-old? All the day care ( center or in a home) seem to require five days and pick up by 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. I need care two to three days a week from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. We are trying to get ahead or save a little ... not spend my check on child care and gas.

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  • jbrangaccio Dec 8, 2011

    Thank you Go Ask Mom for posting this. I am the mom-- I live in Willow Springs (Johnston County)& I work in Fuquay Varina. I found a SAHM that helped out for $25/day but she was offered full time work -- so I lost my care. I quit my P/T job and got a cashiering job at Kroger. They are totally flexible so we no longer need childcare at all. I looked into lisc. care & there were only 2 choices near me & RightTime is too expensive & far. Craigslist created a huge response but after visiting 6 SAHM. I got totally frustrated & disappointed -- too many untidy homes, parents that let kids watch tv all day, or simple don't understand my son is at the age where child proofing is a MUST. The situation is still not ideal. I am sure there are other families in my same situation. Thanks again for posting.

  • lorimathilda Dec 8, 2011

    I live in Raleigh near New Hope and New Bern Ave and can watch her child in her home or mine. Due to gas costs I don't want to drive a long way.

  • anclontz Dec 7, 2011

    where is she located? I would be willing to help out as well...i have an 9 month old.

  • Love my boys Dec 7, 2011

    I'm a stay at home mom of 3 boys. If she's close to the Selma area, I can watch her baby with no problem. She can email me at

  • Christine-Jade Dec 7, 2011

    Pls send me a message via my facebook I was a nanny for many years and would watch your baby in your home ,if you like

  • lilypony Dec 7, 2011

    Right time kids and the like are not going to be helpful. They're good prices for going out on a date or running errands but not for many hours while at work each day.

    Go to and search for licensed childcare in your area. You will be surprised how many people do 2nd and 3rd shift and are flexible. The places are licensed and have to follow rules, which gives some sense of security and safety. Remember that it is against the law for someone to provide care for more than a few children without being licensed so be careful about home daycares. Not that being licensed is a guarantee of quality, you just know that they're inspected and have to comply with common sense rules.

  • jvo7780 Dec 7, 2011

    I agree about Right Time Kids! You can buy a package to bring the hourly rate down, too. If you go to the NCSU website, you can also post an ad and the students can look at it, but they want about $10/hr.

  • cburke2005 Dec 7, 2011

    I am a stay home mom of a 4 year old girl. I have watched my friends babies for them to go out and shop or just have so me time. I am will to help her out. She can email me for more info. I live in Fuquay Varina. Our family also goes to FVBC.

  • jevansjr2 Dec 7, 2011

    I am currently looking for a child to watch part-time. I am a stay at home mom of three little boys. Please email me if you would like to talk more. I live in Wake Forest

  • info93 Dec 7, 2011

    Now would be a good time for neighbors to start stepping up and helping each other like they used to do. "You watch my child, later I'll watch yours." That way both can save money, and folks like this Mom can get childcare that is good and wouldn't cost anything.